Coronavirus: Two new patient deaths confirmed at King's Lynn hospital
Two more patients are now known to have died with coronavirus at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, following the publication of new data today.
Figures from NHS England show the total number of deaths recorded since the start of the pandemic now stands at 506.
The latest fatalities were recorded on Tuesday of this week, October 19, and were the first in more than two weeks.
The news comes as health chiefs urged eligible residents to get their booster jabs or a third primary dose for people with weakened immune systems.
Officials say around 40 per cent of people in the Norfolk and Waveney region who are eligible for a booster jab have already had them.
But, with research suggesting that the effectiveness of the vaccination is reduced over time, and with winter fast approaching, patients are being urged to do all they can to get protected.
Cath Byford, chief nurse for the Norfolk and Waveney clinical commissioning group, said today: “The NHS is always under additional pressure during the autumn and winter as respiratory infections take hold.
“Reducing Covid-related hospital admissions will help the NHS cope better during the winter months and reduce disruption to routine and planned care.”
Large-scale vaccination centres, such as the Shakespeare Barn in Lynn, are also starting to offer appointments to 12-15-year-olds to get the jab.
Appointments will be available from 8.30am to 4pm throughout next week's half-term holiday, with dedicated sessions on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays thereafter.
Meanwhile, officials have apologised after coronavirus vaccinations at a West Norfolk secondary school were postponed at late notice.
Concerns were raised after the jabs for students aged between 12 and 15 at the Downham Market Academy were called off the day before they were due to be administered last Thursday.
The body responsible for overseeing the programme, the Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, says a new date has been arranged and parents have also been invited to access a portal to book appointments at nearby centres.
A spokesman said: “Due to the high demand for the COVID-19 vaccination there are times when, despite our best efforts, we are unable to vaccinate the eligible cohort of 12-15 year old students in a school.
“Our immunisation teams cover a very wide region and sometimes, due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to reschedule at short notice.
“We apologise to the school, pupils, parents and carers for any inconvenience and frustration this cancelled appointment may have caused.”
Infection rates remain high, with figures for the seven days to last Saturday, October 16, showing 700 confirmed cases in West Norfolk, up by more than 17 per cent on the previous week.
The rolling weekly infection rate stood at 462.8 cases per 100,000 people - more than double that of a month earlier.